You Had Me at “Hola”


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We have already talked about both the importance and relevance of the minority’s vote in the upcoming election. We focused on the role of the Latino/Hispanic vote and how the Republican Party intended to attract them. Now, as promised, it’s time to have a go at the Democrats. While Republicans resorted to the use of […]

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Etymology: The DNA of Words


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The word “etymology” comes from the Latin word “etymologĭa” and also the Greek word “ἐτυμολογία,” which is composed of “ἔτυμος étimos” (true sense”), and “λογία” (“the study of”). Therefore, etymology is the study of the meaning of words, or parts thereof. For example, Latin and Greek are two “heavyweights,” as they are the source of […]

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S.O.S.! Translators Needed in the U.S. Presidential Campaign!


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In a presidential campaign that has been so unusual by so many standards, it’s no surprise that the role of foreigners within it has brought with it some reproval, linguistically speaking. And before the dust settles from the scandal of the “alleged” plagiarism by the Republican candidate’s wife from the current first lady, when the […]

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Technological Overdependence: A Cautionary Tale


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Recent news about the massive computer outage that caused the world’s largest airline to cancel over 4,000 flights should make everyone reconsider the role of information systems and computer tools in their daily work, lest they receive this cruel kind of reminder. We often take for granted the systems we use on a daily basis, […]

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The Challenges Posed by Plurilingual Translation Projects


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Translating is a challenge in itself, as expressing the same meaning or conveying the same emotion in two different languages can be a very intricate task. However, this task becomes even more challenging when a text must be translated into several different languages. For project managers, plurilingual projects pose a more complex challenge than bilingual […]

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3 Ways Pronunciation Can Get Lost in Translation


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A Spanish-native friend of mine recently recommended I watch a new Netflix series which has gone viral; you may have heard of “Stranger Things”. There was some initial confusion, however, because my friend didn’t say “Things”, but rather “Fings”. This phenomenon caught my attention: (it always has actually, and that’s why I’ve decided to write […]

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Humans Vs. Machines: Final Battle


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Since the industrial revolution displaced millions of workers, replacing them with machines that were much faster, stronger and more efficient than they, today, many people from a variety of professions also worry about something similar happening to them. The truth is that the rapid advance of technology leaves many people jobless each day. One area […]

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Google to the Rescue of Gender Ambiguity


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For those of us who began translating before the advent of Google, and primarily those who usually translate from English into Spanish, the arrival of the Silicon Valley giant has created a host of resources that never cease to amaze both professionals and clients alike. I won’t get into the most well-known resources, but rather, […]

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